Being a mother is hard.
Being a mother of small children who don’t always sleep at night and are involved in a million activities is physically exhausting.
Being the mother of teenagers and young adults can be emotionally exhausting.
As I told a young mother friend of mine this week – it doesn’t get easier, it only gets different!
Although I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be a mother and wouldn’t trade it for anything there are times I enjoy being a mother more than others.
I am grateful for my mother. I am grateful that she put up with me. That she loved me despite my sassy, mouthy teenager phase and that she continues to love me and support me as an adult.
In honor of Mother’s Day I am sharing with you five things my mother taught me. She taught me a lot more than five things but you are only getting five today.
Here’s a picture of me and mom – isn’t she beautiful!
So here’s the list:
1. Always be on time. My mother is always on time. From the time we were little we were trained to be on time. My mother taught me that being on time is a sign of respect.
2. Develop your talents and creativity. My mother is a very creative lady. In addition to developing and sharing her own talents she always gave her children opportunities to develop their talents and creativity. There were always lots of craft classes, sewing, music lessons and sports growing up. Once I was married and had children of my own she would babysit my children so I could take painting classes. Thanks mom for helping me develop my creative side!
3 Appreciation for family history. My mother has had a love of family history and geneology since she was a young girl. Thanks to my mom and her sharing of family stories with me I too have a great love of family history. It is one of the reasons why one of my daughter’s is named Calista, named after my great grandmother and it is the main reasons I have been involved in scrapbooking the last 18 years. Preserving and recording my family’s history and helping others to do so has been a big part of my life.
4. The importance of service. I have many childhood memories of watching and participating with my mother in various acts of service. Making pizzas and coloring greeting cards to earn money to build a church. Working at the taco booth at the county fair and helping at the church bazaar. Whether it was serving at church in various capacities or serving the community as the President of our local Girl Scout Council my mother has always been a wonderful example of service and the impact it can have on people’s lives.
5. A love for entertaining. My love for entertaining comes from my mother. Whether it was a house full of missionaries at the holidays or a living room full of adults playing Yahtzee my mother welcomed others into our home. There was always good food too! She helped me and my friend Jenny put on our first dinner party when we were twelve years old! Her example of graciousness and hospitality has greatly impacted my life.
Thank you mom for teaching me and supporting me!
Please check back tomorrow for a wonderful Mother’s Day Giveaway. To enter you will need to share one thing your mother has taught you – so be thinking and come back tomorrow to enter!!
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